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Visit this page regularly to keep in touch with information about happenings in the village, and use the news by email link on the left to ensure that you are kept informed. If you have a news item that is relevant to Alfold and factually accurate, please email it to clerk@alfoldparishcouncil.co.uk. (News items submitted by third parties do not necessarily reflect the views of the parish council.)


Waverley Draft Local Plan Part 1

Alfold Parish Council’s response to the recent consultation on Waverley’s new Draft Local Plan Part 1 can be downloaded by clicking on the following link:

APC Local Plan Consultation Response Oct ‘16


 

Dunsfold Park Transport Assessment Review

PRESS RELEASE 21.3.16

A Report written by Vision Transport Planning for Eleven Parish Councils on Dunsfold Park’s Transport Assessment and vehicle trip forecasts concludes that

Proposals fail to meet national, regional and local policies in respect to sustainable development and transport

The site is not sustainable, in the wrong location and cannot be made accessible by the sustainable mitigation measures that are proposed

The development will be ‘car dependent’ and will result in a ‘severe’ impact on the wider highway network both in terms of capacity, congestion and road safety

Forecasts of the number of vehicle trips are not robust and are underestimated

Storage and Distribution Employment trip rates (B8 use) are greatly understated

Traffic impacts have not been compared appropriately

A281 corridor forecasts do not show the traffic impact or junction performance appropriately

The impact and traffic using rural roads and wider junction network is understated

Road safety issues have not been properly assessed

Mitigation measures are limited

Junction modelling should be revisited


Note

Eleven Parish Councils within Waverley, Guildford, Horsham and Chichester Local Authorities, representing over 21,000 residents, joined to commission a review by Vision Transport Planning of the Transport Assessment dated December 2015 and other transport analyses which had been prepared for the applicants. The review report has been completed and will be submitted to Waverley and others for their consideration as part of their evaluation of the planning application and preparation of their Emerging Local Plan.  It is a technical report and has 38 pages plus appendices which give a critical assessment of the applicant’s Transport Assessment.

Click on the links below to download the documents:

Transport Assessment Review

Press Release - further information


Planning Application for Dunsfold Park

At its meeting in February, Alfold Parish Council resolved to object to the recent Dunsfold Park planning application to create a new settlement. The parish council will submit its full written response to the application in due course.

In the meantime, the parish council has been working with other local parish councils across Waverley, Guildford and Chichester, and have just written to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government requesting that he ‘call-in’ the Dunsfold park application. That letter and a press release issued today can be downloaded by clicking on the following links:

Joint Parish Councils’ letter to Secretary of State

Press Release 2.3.16


Parish Council Election Results

Election of Parish Councillors for


Alfold

on Thursday 7 May 2015


I, Robin Pellow, being the Returning Officer at the above election, do hereby give notice that the number of votes recorded for each Candidate at the said election is as follows:


Name of Candidate                   Description (if any)       Number of Votes*

AMES, Betty                                                             222 Elected  

BUDD, Nigel William                                                 319 Elected

CAREY, Connor Cruise              Labour Party                140  

DENTON-MILLER, Alasdair                                          200 Elected

ERRICKER, Adrian Keith                                             279 Elected

HARTLEY, Peter Lambert          Consultant Engineer      176  

MAYNE, Penni                                                          213 Elected

MOURING, Wayne James                                           224 Elected

PIDGEON, Nicholas John                                            244 Elected

* If elected the word 'Elected' appears against the number of votes.


The number of ballot papers rejected was as follows: Number of

ballot papers

A want of an official mark  

B voting for more Candidates than voter was entitled to  

C writing or mark by which voter could be identified              1

D being unmarked or wholly void for uncertainty                 17

E rejected in part  

Total                                                                            18


Vacant Seats: 7 Electorate: 856 Ballot Papers Issued: 578 Turnout: 67.5%


Dunsfold Aerodrome still not suitable for substantial housing development

This was the conclusion of an independent Strategic Transport Review commissioned by Alfold Parish Council and seven other parish councils. The following press release has been issued today (3/3/15). The Review can be downloaded by clicking on this link: STRATEGIC TRANSPORT REVIEW

Joint Parish Councils’ Press  Release 2nd March  2015

DUNSFOLD AERODROME STILL NOT SUITABLE FOR SUBSTANTIAL HOUSING DEVELOPMENT


An independent Strategic Transport Review (The Review) commissioned by eight Parish Councils has reported on transport assessments submitted to Waverley Borough Council by consultants on behalf of Dunsfold Airport Limited (DAL) and by Surrey County Council.  The Review has found that the assessments are flawed and that the impact of a substantial new housing development of up to 3400 new houses at Dunsfold Aerodrome is significantly understated. In 2009 the Secretary of State rejected a similar 2600-dwelling development on the Aerodrome on the grounds that the additional road traffic it would generate would have a ‘severe, unacceptable and unsustainable impact on an overstretched local road network’. The Review considers that the Secretary of State’s 2009 conclusion remains valid and reinforces the Parish Councils’ view that DAL have failed to show how building such a development on Dunsfold Aerodrome could be sustainable.

“The site is located in an area where there is a limited choice of transportation modes.  As a result, reliance upon the private car is considerably higher than the borough average,” said Alan Ground, spokesperson for the Joint Parish Councils. “In essence nothing has changed since the Secretary of State’s Decision in 2009. Putting traffic lights in Bramley whilst building 2000 or 3000  houses further down the A281 is not going to improve an already congested road and the idea that the Downs Link could be used as a bus route has no business case to support it.”

“Also little or no consideration has been given to the impact of the additional traffic needing to flow to the west to reach the railway stations at Milford, Witley, and Godalming and the A3 trunk road through miles of narrow country lanes some only single-track with passing places. The Joint Parish Councils will now submit this independent Review to Waverley Borough Council and trust that their own transport assessments will bear out the Review finding that on the currently available evidence Dunsfold Aerodrome is not a sustainable location for such  a development.

Note to editors

The Joint Parish Councils who commissioned the report are Alfold, Bramley, Busbridge, Chiddingfold,  Dunsfold,  Hambledon,  Hascombe &  Wonersh.

The Transport appraisal was conducted by Motion, transport planning consultants based in Guildford. Motion specialises in advising clients in the development sector on all matters concerning transportation, highways and traffic.



Alfold Neighbourhood Plan


The Parish Council has decided to produce a Neighbourhood Plan. Follow the link to the Neighbourhood Plan page on the left for further information.


Flooding


Information concerning flooding can now be found by following the Flooding link on the left.



The Post Office


Thanks to Tracy Cawdell’s excellent work as the new Sub Postmistress and the increased use by Alfold residents, the Post Office is no longer under threat of imminent closure. Alfold residents are still encouraged to make good use of their post office and all the facilities available – don’t forget that as well as posting parcels and mail inland and abroad, you can do your personal banking if you bank with Lloyds TSB, Barclays, Natwest, HSBC and many other banks, order moneygrams and postal orders, use Bureau de Change (by pre-order), do mobile top ups, bill payment and key charging.

The survival of the shop and post office, which is at the heart of our rural community, is critical, especially to the elderly and those who find it difficult to travel or use the internet.

Don’t forget…..

eBayers – you can drop off your parcels at the shop on your way to work in the morning before the Post Office opens. For those who are out at work all day, you can arrange for your parcels to be sent to the shop for you to collect at a convenient time.


Dunsfold Park

In order to clarify the present situation at Dunsfold Park, Waverley Planning Officers have recently provided dedicated pages on their website for information relating to Dunsfold Park, including a new online form, which should used to report specific breaches of planning and noise complaints concerning Dunsfold Park. The pages can be found by clicking on the following link: http://www.waverley.gov.uk/info/200165/major_developments/1284/dunsfold_park

Potholes

We urge all residents to report potholes via the Surrey County Council website on the following link or telephone 0300 200 1003.  http://www.surreycc.gov.uk/env/hews/hews.nsf/LERTF?OpenForm&CCode=POT~1&Subject=Pothole&faultID=33688417956